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Melbourne-based Florida Institute of Technology will host a medical school in partnership with a private New Mexico college.

The Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine and Florida Tech have signed an affiliation agreement which will establish a four-year osteopathic medical school in Melbourne.

Florida Tech will host the college on its campus through the sublease of roughly 40,000 square feet of space in the L3Harris Commons and share resources when it comes to library, dining and student housing.

The school, which will be Brevard County’s first college of medicine, currently is going through the accreditation process. The college plans to start with a class of 100 students in July 2024, who would graduate in May 2028.

Florida Tech Interim President Robert King told Orlando Business Journal a driving force for the affiliation was opportunities for students and faculty.

“We’ve made a significant commitment to broadening our offerings in biomedical engineering, so when this opportunity developed, this was a perfect fit for us and our students,” King said. “We have a number of students who go on to medical school and the notion if they go onto this pathway program and they can be guaranteed admission, it works for them and for Burrell.”

The partnership will allow physicians to work in Florida Tech labs on the research side, King added.

Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine operates a regional academic center in the county which has been here for three years, but only services students in their third and fourth years for medical clerkship rotations. John L. Hummer, co-founder and president of Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, said Florida is a good fit because the state provides the third-highest number of student applicants to the college each year.

“It was natural to do this to meet the need of the student body coming from Florida,” Hummer said.

Meanwhile, Florida is expected to have a shortage of 18,000 physicians by 2035, according to a 2021 study from The Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida and the Florida Hospital Association.

 

Source:  OBJ

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Tampa General Hospital (TGH) and the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council announced a partnership to expand and enhance Tampa’s burgeoning Medical and Research District. This district, inspired by renowned medical districts in the nation’s greatest cities, houses a growing hub of world-class clinical care, academics, research, and biotechnology anchored by one of the largest academic health institutions in the nation – Tampa General Hospital and the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine.

Together through this partnership, the Tampa Medical and Research District will attract renowned clinicians and researchers, resulting in increased access to experts, cutting-edge research, education and technology for patients and students. Serving as a collaborative, economic engine for the greater Tampa Bay area, the district will stimulate new partnerships, and create prosperity through new jobs, thriving industries and a healthier population in this region. Additionally, and based on a study by the Washington Economics group, the district is expected to ultimately generate over $8.3 billion in annual economic impact to the state of Florida every year, and support more than 57,900 jobs.

“Tampa Bay not only serves as home to Tampa General Hospital/Florida Health Sciences Center, one of the nation’s leading academic health systems, but is a growing hub for innovation, research and biotechnology. This city is uniquely well-positioned to fuel a world-class medical and research district, and we are excited to partner with the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council to expand this further and amplify its impact,” said John Couris, president and CEO of Tampa General Hospital/Florida Health Sciences Center.

Per the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two organizations, the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council will support Tampa General Hospital with a land use survey and planning, strategic partnership creation, talent attraction, research and life science business recruitment, workforce housing project identification and marketing services over the course of five years.

More specifically, the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council will hire a new Director of Healthcare and Life Sciences to serve as project manager in the partnership with Tampa General Hospital. The organization will also provide additional strategic leadership, community development, and administrative services as the district is developed. First steps will involve a survey of land within the existing boundaries defined by Tampa General Hospital to assess potential development and redevelopment sites for medical, research and health care business use.

“The Tampa Bay Economic Development Council is proud to partner with Tampa General Hospital to realize its vision for a globally renowned Medical and Research district,” said Craig J. Richard, CEcD, president and CEO of the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council. “This partnership aligns perfectly with the EDC’s own strategic plan goals for business recruitment, placemaking, and talent attraction and development — allowing our team to exercise its diverse strengths in the creation and promotion of this innovative new district that will shape the economic future of our region.”

The health care industry is Hillsborough County’s fastest-growing employment sector, adding more than 17,000 jobs since 2018. In the past decade, Hillsborough County’s life sciences sector has transformed with the addition of global giants Bristol Myers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson, Amgen and Pfizer as well as innovative younger companies such as Axogen, Vycellix, Morphogenesis and Verséa Health. More than 80 colleges, universities, and specialized training providers in the Central Florida region ensure a plentiful supply of talent in the pipeline to power the industry’s growth.

 

Source:  Valdosta Daily Times

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Metro Orlando has nine proposed major health care projects in the pipeline for 2023 and beyond.

Those are in addition to big projects nearing completion this year, such as the Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute complex at the system’s main campus.

The nonprofit Orlando Health — with $8.1 billion in 2022 assets and $4.6 billion in 2021 revenue — also has a 150-bed hospital under construction in Lake Mary among other projects, Joe Williams, Orlando Health’s senior vice president of strategic planning, told Orlando Business Journal.

The 3,238-bed Orlando Health system owns nine Central Florida hospitals as well as urgent care centers, cancer centers, freestanding ERs and more. It is one of the region’s largest employers, with more than 23,000 workers.

Other health systems also have local expansion ongoing with even more projects in the pipeline. For example, HCA Florida Poinciana Hospital is going through a $9.9 million expansion to add emergency and inpatient beds as well as a new freestanding ER in the Lee Vista area. It is owned by Nashville, Tennessee-based HCA Healthcare Inc.

HCA has more than 50 hospitals in Florida, including five in Central Florida: the 404-bed HCA Florida Osceola Hospital in Kissimmee, the 221-bed HCA Florida Lake Monroe Hospital in Sanford, the 76-bed HCA Florida Poinciana Hospital, the 64-bed Oviedo Medical Center and the 64-bed UCF Lake Nona Hospital in partnership with UCF.

Meanwhile, Altamonte Springs-based AdventHealth has multiple projects under construction, including a new emergency room at Disney’s Flamingo Crossings Town Center set to open later this year.

Founded in 1908, AdventHealth’s Central Florida division includes more than 20 hospitals and ERs in the seven-county area in and around Orlando. Its hospitals and other outpatient services see more than 5.7 million patient visits annually. Nationally, the organization has more than $12.5 billion in annual operating revenue.

Click here to see the largest health care projects in the area that have yet to start construction, and find out who’s behind them

 

Source:  SFBJ

 

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A Sunrise medical office building leased to the VA sold for $38.15 million, a big discount from its last trade.

HTA-VA Sunrise MOB LLC, part of Nashville-based Healthcare Realty Trust, sold the 110,714-square-foot medical office complex at 9800 W. Commercial Blvd. to Sunrise FL I FGF LLC, managed by Kathleen Herrin of Chicago-based Boyd Watterson Asset Management.

The price worked out to $345 per square foot. It last sold for $49.73 million in 2017.

 

Source:  SFBJ

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Designed to help add new office space in Boca Raton, developers are planning a new five-story building with 90,000 square feet of medical space and 21,000 square feet of general office space. According to city planning documents, 50% of the property is expected to be leased by Unified Physician Management, which focuses on women-focused medical issues such as OBGYN, fertility and breast cancer.

Bonnie Miskel, an attorney representing the developer, said during a recent public meeting that adding Class ‘A’ office will fill a key need for the city. “We really don’t have this type of product in the city at this point and it’s at a great location.”

Additionally, the project will also include 7,800 space of restaurant space and a six-story parking garage. The developer, Boca Midtown Place, acquired the 8.51-acre property for $11 million in August 2021, according to Palm Beach County property appraiser records.

Less than half a mile from the Glades Road exit of I-95 at 1751 N. Military Trail, the building will be adjacent to the Bowlero bowling alley and near a commercial plaza that includes a Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar, Morton’s The Steakhouse and a Starbucks. The popular Town Center at Boca Raton mall is also less than a half-mile west of the new development.

 

Source:  SunSentinel

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A Charlotte, North Carolina, REIT specializing in the health care industry has picked up a 27,910-square-foot office property in Polk County.

Flagship Health Care Properties’ trust paid $6.75 million for the building at 250 Ave. K SW in Winter Haven.

The building’s tenants include the Center for Retina and Macular Disease, an ophthalmic group, and Davita, a kidney care provider.

In a statement announcing the deal, Gerald Quattlebaum, Flagship’s executive vice president of acquisitions, says the population growth and a “booming” health care industry drew the company to the property — and the region.

In all, Flagship, an outpatient health care real estate firm, owns nine properties throughout the state. It has a big presence around Orlando and is expanding west.

“With an ever-growing footprint, we are very bullish on this part of the state,” Quattlebaum says in the statement.

Flagship bought the property through its REIT, Flagship Healthcare Trust, and will provide property and asset management services.

The company oversees more than 240 health care properties totaling more than 5.3 million square feet. The REIT holds interest in 93 health care properties valued at about $906 million.

 

Source:  Business Observer

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A pair of nursing homes in Broward County were recently acquired for about $36 million by a New Jersey operator of nursing and rehabilitation centers

Limited liabilities companies connected to Englewood Cliffs, NJ-based CareRite Centers acquired Manor Pines Convalescent Center at 1701 N.E. 26th St. in Wilton Manors and Manor Oaks at 2121 E. Commercial Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale on Dec. 29.

Both nursing facilities were operated by the Marrinson Group, Inc. a Wilton Manors-based nursing home company.

In a release, CareRite Center stated that it would rebrand Manor Pines as The Pearl at Fort Lauderdale Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Manor Oaks would be renamed The Savoy at Fort Lauderdale Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

 

Source:  SFBJ

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A Houston, Texas-based company has plans for a “micro-hospital” in Clermont.

Nutex Health has submitted plans with the city of Clermont for a conditional use permit so it can build a 28,700-square-foot single-story building and parking on 2.82 acres southwest of the corner of U.S. 27 and Hammock Ridge Road. The facility would have both emergency and inpatient medical services, separating it from freestanding emergency rooms which primarily offer emergency care.

The building would include eight dedicated patient rooms, an operating room, medical laboratory and other hospital services like CT scans, MRI and X-ray. The hospital would be open 24/7 and have a staff of 10 for each shift.

An entity connected to Orlando-based LCA Development is listed as owner of the land, part of a proposed 23-acre retail/office development called the Shoppes at Hammock Ridge. Nutex officials were not immediately available for comment.

 

Source: OBJ

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In 2024, Jupiter Medical Center and UF Health hope to open a “neighborhood hospital” with an ER, inpatient beds, operating rooms and other services in Avenir, a new residential development in northwest Palm Beach County — another sign of a boomlet in hospital construction in Florida.

Through the first eight months of the year, the square footage of hospital construction in Florida was up 64% to 1.9 million square feet and the dollar value was up 125% to $1.15 billion, reports Dodge Construction Network.

Metro Jacksonville led the state in hospital construction starts by both dollar value and square footage, with Southeast Florida close behind.

Nationally, the trends also are up but not by nearly the same scale. Through August, hospital construction in the United States was up 24% in square footage and 26% in dollar value, Dodge says.

Kim Kennedy, director of forecasting for the Dodge Construction Network, which compiles the data, notes that Dodge puts the full dollar value and square footage of a project in the month the project starts. Because of that, big projects have a large impact on monthly totals for smaller geographies such as states and counties compared to the national numbers.

“That said, I think the hospital construction market both in Florida and across the U.S. has been a strong one this year,” she says.

Kennedy also says that rising costs of materials and construction wages likely are influencing the rise in the dollar value of projects started.

“With the exponential population growth in Palm Beach County and surrounding areas comes the need for innovative and diverse health care offerings,” UF Health President David R. Nelson said in announcing the Avenir project. 

 

Source:  Florida Trend

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AJP Ventures could rezone a site in the Westchester area of Miami-Dade County to build a medical office building.

Westchester Real Estate Partners LLC, led by Alberto J. Perez of Miami-based AJP Ventures, filed a pre-application with county officials for the 1.77-acre site at 3500 and 3520 S.W. 107th Ave. It has the two lots under contract from Emahud LLC and the Eneida Exposito trust, respectively.

The land is mostly vacant, but it has a single-family home. It’s surrounded by other single-family homes.

The developer wants to rezone the site from “agricultural” to “semi-professional office,” which would eventually require County Commission approval. The site plan calls for a two-story, 28,207-square-foot medical office surrounded by 140 parking spaces.

 

Source:  SFBJ